How come in Hollywood flicks we see mostly see Black-Black couples, or Latin-Latin couples, but Asian women are always paired with a White guy? It seems like most TV shows and movies in the past ten years exclusively pair an Asian girl with a White (or Black) guy romatically. Asian men are being completely suppressed and excluded in television and film.
It blows my mind that no Asian actresses are willing to object to the scripts, or fight against these negative stereotypes. They don’t understand the power of TV/film to mold the way people think.
These shows affect kids. Teens, especially girls, judge themselves on others’ opinions, and are easily influenced. Young, insecure Asian girls are conditioned through social norms/media to ‘act White’ and want only White men (self hate), and young Asian American boys growing up in the US are conditioned to think they are unattractive. Some Asian youth resolve identity conflict by developing self-hate and bashing their heritage, family, and people (ex ‘I won’t date Asians’, or criticizing other Asians).
Whether it be fashion magazines, gossip mags, TV, movies, or our friends, all of us are influenced and emulate in some way what we see on screen. Entertainment can be as influential as advertising. So many shows and movies in America demean Asian men, while perpetuating an ‘Asian Girl Fetish’ in this country. It is Hollywood Colonialism.